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unattractive, the obama administration needs to see if there is a path through which it can pressure iran to make a deal. in a thoughtful essay in the current issue of "foreign affairs" the columbia scholar jurvis points out that this kind of coercive diplomacy, at least from washington, has rarely worked. he points out in panama, 1989, iraq, 1990, serbia, 1998, afghanistan, 2001 and iraq, 2003, washington tried sanctions pressure and the threat of force to get leaders to change course, it didn't work. and washington had to make good on its threat to go to war. with north korea, coercive diplomacy also failed, but in this case, washington decided against military action choosing, instead, to contain the regime. making coercive diplomacy requires a mix of threats and promises. with regard to iran, the administration has made the threats plenty of times. with clarity and credibility. but while the sticks have been handled shrewdly, the carrots have not. the united states is unable to define for itself or for the world what would be an acceptable deal and, most importantly, what it is willin
for that report. >>> the obama administration may be stepping up its push for some form of new gun control legislation. but will the president be able to rally the support of congress? most importantly, the american public at the same time? we'll dig deeper with our chief political analyst gloria borger. here's what the president recently said on "meet the press." i'll play the clip. >> we're not going to get this done unless the american people decide it's important. and so this is not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. one of the things that you learn, having now been in this office for four years, is the old adage of public opinion. without public opinion there's not something you can't do and wut it there's very little you can't get done in this town. i'm going to be putting my full weight behind it. >> now, remind our viewers why so many democrats have been reluctant to even talk about gun control over these past several years. >> yeah. it's almost 20 years, wolf. it goes back to 1994. that was the big election which republicans took control of the congress.
because we have some confidence that the obama administration, if it comes to it, we'll do it. if it's necessary. a lot of the people who supported president obama said, "mark my words. he is a man of his word, he does this quite seriously." then he turns around and appoints perhaps the most prominent skeptic of any kind of military intervention in iran as his defense secretary. if you're sitting in israel, you're wondering just how reliable is the united states and maybe we should go it alone. so, for that reason alone, simply the appointment of chuck hagel is going to make the israelis more skiddish and perhaps more prone to act. >> here's the irony. who said that military action against iran could prove catastrophic? that was robert gates. our former defense secretary. who said that it could embroil us in a conflict that we can forget? that was leon panetta. it was true, bret, i think you are right that we need the military option on the table as hagel has repeatedly said. that does not mean we can't have a public conversation in this country about the tremendous dangers that war
. it comes as the obama administration considers taking all troops out of the country after next year. it's turning into a rough week for people trying to get to work in new york city. a bus collided with a school bus. this is old bridge in new jersey. at least 17 people on board were injured. two are reported in critical condition. the bus flipped on its side and not carrying any children. the driver was taken to the hospital. the bus crash comes a day after rush hour ferry slammed into a pier in lower manhattan. there were more than 300 people on board. 85 were injured. one critically. >> all of a sudden it went from going however fast it is going to zero. everybody went this way and then you went this way. >> it felt like you were in a car that ran into a tree. >> no immediate word on the cause of the crash. federal safety officials are investigating. >> 11 killer whales that were trapped by ice in a canadian bay are apparently free now. take a look here. these are the orcas desperately surfacing for oxygen in this 10-foot hole in the ice. a group sent to break up the ice said there is
fuel tuesday when the obama administration releases the plan to reduce gun violence. the president called on the report after the newtown school shooting to come up with answers, to what has seemed like an unsolvable question. how do we deal with the gun violence that is shaking the nation? the answer is not easy and the political will has been lacking in both parties. but newtown seemed to change the equation. the deaths of 26 innocent people, including 20 children has pierced the nation's consciousness. we do not know what biden's report will say, we are told that the obama administration will try to pass an assault weapon's bans. the nra will oppose it. and gun rights supporters want to focus more on mental health and school safety. we will see what the backgroundries are going to be on tuesday -- boundaries are going to be on tuesy. >>> nothing that anyone could predict is the conspiracy theory of what happened on that day. we know that people put their theories on everything on the internet. there's a professor that questions whether the newtown tragedy ever occurred. >> it tu
. let's get you up-to-date with our top stories. >> obama administration and nra are one day away from a gun control showdown. >>> rush limbaugh is speaking out against what he calls a liberal attempt to normalize pedophilia. the conservative radio host says it could be the next step for those who support gay marriage. >> there is a movement on to normalize pedophilia and i guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same when you first heard about gay marriage. what has happened to gay marriage? it's become normal and in fact with certain people in certain demographics, it's the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. >> limbaugh cited a column that quotes academic researchers who claim pedophilia is a distinct sexual orientation. and limbaugh says the media went easy on the elmo puppeteer who lost his job after several men came forward saying they had sexual relationships with clash when they were teens. >>> big changes to facebook. the social media giant debuting new apps and revamped the mobile facebook site. the news feed now provides the same sorting opti
the message chuck hagel has been sending for years on this. the obama administration has been pretty tough on iran behind the scenes. hagel has been consistent himself, saying look, we cannot allow a nuclear iran, war should not be our first choice, and that also is consistent with the president. the president began by thinking perhaps he could negotiate more with ahmadinejad than has proven to be the case. he's evolved on this issue. my guess is chuck hagel as secretary of defense will reflect that evolution. >> there's one other thing i want to ask you each about. this is relevant -- well, we'll ask you whether you think it's relevant in terms of timing. in terms of topic i think this is relevant. the number of sexual assaults in the military each year is about 19,000. it is a serious issue. there are women in the military now and in 1996, when running for senate, the literature from chuck hagel reportedly said quote, i am pro-life with one exception, the life of the mother. now, who knows, people agree and disagree with that. i'm simply curious about democrats are not noticing that, tal
them at the cia. brennan shaped the obama administration's policy on drones, using them more often and with more lethal results. these two questions certainly will be coming up at john brennan's confirmation hearingings at a time when challenging cabinet picks is becoming routine. >> used to just be supreme court justices who inspired these sort of partisan free for alls. now it is bleeding down into a president's cabinet picks as well. >> i want to bring back tom juneau, writes for esquire magazine. we talked so extensively about drones. wrote this phenomenal piece in esquire back in the summer. question number one being, you know, during the confirmation hearings, do you think it will be more of a defending, that john brennan will be defending his use of drones or distancing himself from it? >> i don't know if he has to defend it. it seems -- there really is no force within the congress who is anti-drone who i think is -- i think that this is an opportunity to make him defend the drone program, but i don't know if that's going to come up. >> you don't think people in your piece w
walmart. a me go today in washington on gun violence. an obama administration official telling cnn walmart's representative will meet only with attorney general, eric holder, and not with the vice president. remember, walmart was originally not going to attend the meeting at all but changed its mind yesterday. >>> when it comes to ending gun violence, vice president joe biden made it clear if congress doesn't pass new gun laws, the president could go it alone, as in bypass congress and issue an executive order. >> the president is going to act. there are executive orders and action that can be taken. we haven't decided what that is yet. we are compiling it all with help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required. >> gun rights advocates took the remark as a threat charging it is the first step in sfrtrippin americans of their second amendment rights. listen to rush limbaugh. >>> when biden, himself, a liberal democrat, says himself, the president, cabinet, attorney general, a bunch of leftist democrats are talking ab
is going to happen? >> what is going to happen is nothing. >> but the obama administration will tee is up, and bring it to executive decision. i do think they believe that the politics shifted enough, they can make some republicans pay a price that they would not even be willing to vote. >> but remember, in 1994, the assault weapons bill passed and the democrats got mauled at the polls after that. and a lot of people remember that, especially in the west and the south. and you're right, margaret, a lot of democrats don't want to touch this issue either. i'm just saying there is no common ground, because the people who don't want gun control, they don't want gun control and recognize they will pay a price politically for supporting gun control. >> since 1994, there are not as many democrats in the conservative districts as there used to be. and we've seen some of the conservative democrats who still exist, moving in response -- >> look if you look at the possibility there is no possibility for common ground, we'll get nowhere. >> what are the guidelines now on how far the government can go
. there is different variations whether it was directly an obama administration plot or agents loosely tied with the liberal movement or even george soros. the common thread is that the tragedy was a false flag operation in order to make the country willing to give up their guns. in other words, this tragedy would happen and then we would have a discussion about gun control as we are now and then this would lay the ground work for the government to come in and take guns for some kind of future tyranical regime. >> the internet has allowed this stuff to ignite in a way never has. there have always been conspiracy theories. this has allowed more isolated people to find each other, right sf. >> absolutely. one of the chapters in my book i talk about how the internet has turbo charged the conspiracy movement. the big challenge used to be getting the word out. now, they don't try going to the mainstream media but they publish it on their website and can create their own echo chambers of paranoid individuals that share the same distress. the majority of the sandy hook revolve around gun control b
an obama administration plot or agents loosely tied with the liberal movement or george soros. the common thread is that the tragedy was a false flag operation to make the country give up their guns. in other words, this tragedy would happen and we would have a discussion about gun control as we are now. then they would lay the ground work for the government to take guns. possibly for some kind of future tyranical regime. >> the internet allowed all this stuff to kind of ignite in a way that it never has. there also conspiracy theories. this is a lo this allowed more people to find each other. >> the internet turbo charged the movement because the big challenge for conspiracy theorists used to be getting the word out. respectable journalists wouldn't touch their stories. they wouldn't bother, but publish it on their website and they create paranoid individual who is share the same distress. just to correct something, it is true that the majority of the theories revolve around gun control. they believe it is an israeli and iranian controlled. >> how do the israelis get involved in this? >>
into these conspiracy theories? >> yeah, there is, at least the vast majority of them. whether it was directly an obama administration plot or agents loosely tied with the liberal movement. the common threat among all of these in order to make the country willing to give up their guns. in other words, this tragedy would happen and we would have a discussion about gun control as we are now and it would lay the groundwork for a future tie ran anythingal regime. >> the internet have allowed more isolated people to find each other, right? >> yeah, absolutely. one of the chapters of my book i talk about how the internet has turbo charged the conspiracy theory movement. the bill challenge used to be getting the worth out. now conspiracy theorists, they don't try to go to that. they can create their own echo chambers who all share the same -- if i correct something. it is true a majority of the sandy hook ideas say it happened around gun control. >> why would the -- how did the israelis get involved in this? the idea is it's a stat operation. these are people who have identified evil in the universe. they thi
enthusiasts that falsely accused the obama administration of plotting to use the health care law to go after gun owners. one group, gun owners of america, insists it could still happen. >> it says that all of our medical records are available to be pawed through by bureaucrats somewhere in washington, looking for a reason to disenfranchise gun owners. >> the senate majority leader's views on gun control are changing. he's in a different place than he was in 2010, says an adviser. consider how reid answered the question after the july movie theater massacre in colorado. >> with the schedule that we have, we're not going to get into a debate on gun control. >> reporter: and how he responded after the killings in newtown. >> we need to accept the reality that we're not doing enough to protect our citizens. >> jim acosta joins us now along with sanjay gupta. jim, a majority of both houses of congress supported obamacare. how was it possible that this was a surprise to the people who introduced the bill and the people who voted for it? >> anderson, i talked to a number of congressional sources, s
think is going to happen? >> nothing. >> the obama administration is going to tee it up and bring it to 2014. i think they do believe that the politics of this have shifted enough that they can make some republicans pay a price for not being willing to hold a vote. >> the democrats not mauled at the polls afterwards and a lot of people remember that and you are right, a lot of democrats don't want to touch this issue either. but i'm saying there is no common ground here. the people don't want gun control and they recognize that they will pay a price politically for supporting it. >> i think it is a total -- >> in 1994, there are not as many conservatives in those districts. we see them moving in response to the connecticut shooting. >> if we don't address it we will get nowhere. >> what are the guidelines on how far the government can go by restricting gun opi ownership. >> when you talk about banning ownership. president obama can't do that by himself. guns are portable. new york and andrew cuomo can pass all the laws that they want. as long as they are legal in other states, the
for the obama administration which relies heavily on egypt as a key ally in the region. i asked president morsi about that during my exclusive interview with him at the presidential palace in cairo. and he revealed his plans to visit the united states. . when will you come to the united states? when will you meet with president obama? what do you think of president obama? >> god willing, i will plan for this trip. there is no set date yet. but it will most likely be before the end of the first quarter of this year. president obama is an elected president by the american people and he grants the will of the american people by working for the interests of the american people. and this is the american people's right in their president. i respect him and i value him. he played an effective and an important role in the cease-fire against gaza, and cooperated with us in a big way. i'm still in constant contact with him. when we meet there well be chances to talk about scientific research, manufacturing, production, investments, tourism. >> so you plan to come to the united states, god willing, betwee
this as a doubling down of the current economic and fiscal policies from the obama administration. >> reporter: an extension of the administration's get tough on wall street approach that's left the president trying to mend relationships with ceos. that criticism is seemingly at odds with this entry in lew's resume. 2006 to 2009, chief operating officer at citigroup where bets were made against the housing market. >> we're concerned that jack lew's connection to wall street has harmed his vision for what makes america strong, and that is a strong main street. and while his record is thin, his public record about what's necessary is not -- is not exhaustive. >> reporter: sharp questions being raised once again over testimony lew delivered in his 2010 senate confirmation hearing for white house budget chief where he appeared to downplay the impact of deregulation on the financial crisis. >> but i don't believe that deregulation was the -- you know, proximate cause. >> reporter: and carefully framed his knowledge of the issue, raising eyebrows once again. >> senator, when we discussed, i mentione
and they said the obama and clinton administration had 43% compared to the bush administration which had a 33% rate. so obviously things for women are improving. >> that's what they say. and there's another picture that ran in the "new york times" todays. i'm not sure if we have it but there's a picture -- there it is. there's a picture that ran in the "new york times" today. again, another visual that the white house doesn't like. if you look closely, wolf, there's a leg there in front of the president's desk and that's valerie's leg. that's a really important leg because she's a key adviser to the president. she has his ear and she is the first among equals in many circles. so that is a visual they didn't like but they point out valerie jarrett in that picture. to me the question is, do they listen to the women? they have. we have some evidence that they do and we have some evidence that they haven't. >> i know the president listens to valerie jarrett. you can argue she alone is worth four or five of those men. >> that's what bothers them, by the way. >> she has a lot of influence. she's ve
the obama administration is coming for their guns? cnn national political correspondent jim acosta has been looking into that. and this is something that has spanned the obama administration. you hear from so many gun owners who say, he's going to take our guns away. he says no. >> we've been hearing this for year, joe. you've been to these gun stores, i've been to these gun stores. the president addressed this fear today in his news conference and he accused the gun industry of trying to exploit it. take a look inside any firearms shop these days and it's clear nothing sells guns like the fear of gun control. >> every time the president or senator feinstein comes out and talks about restricting second amendment rights of u.s. citizens, the phone rings off the hooshk, the line goes out t door. gun sales skyrocket. >> reporter: just outside the nation's capital in virginia, the ar-15 assault-style rifle is not the only item hard to keep in stock. high capacity magazines are selling fast too. the store's website warns customers last chance, due to uncertainty of obama's potential unilateral a
to the left of cuomo in new york because he wants to run for president in 2016. eric, former obama administration official rosa brooks, and our legal analyst, paul cowin. martin o'malley not the only politician who has 2016 ambitions who is stepping out in the gun law fray. louisiana republican governor bobby jindal wants a law to keep guns away from the mentally ill. how much is this push really about positioning for 2016? >> i think some of it definitely is about 2016. some of it is they want to be doing something. they hope if they're seen as doing something now, by 2016, the particulars may be forgotten, particularly by gun rights advocates and a lot in the democratic party as well as the republican party. they'll look at them as doing something. i don't think we should downplay that a lot of democrats for a long time have wanted to do something about guns. with the incident in sandy hook and this past summer's incident in colorado, they feel they have momentum on their side. >> house minority leader anthony o'donnell is from the eastern shore of the state. that's where i grew
of republican senators attacking him for his position on gays. >> did anyone seriously think the obama administration because it has chuck hagel there is not committed -- >> chuck schumer has been very, very tepid in his support for him. >> because chuck schumer, on these types of middle east questions, is closer to lindsay graham and john mccain than he is to in many ways to barack obama. >> many senators, democrats and republicans, are further away than chuck hagel than many senators are. >> how many people agree with your point of view is not the judge of your point of view's validity. many people were wrong about critical decisions. this is what frustrates me when people say chuck hagel is out of the mainstream. the people in congress who had the good sense to raise questions about the iraq war were right. >> and to have a guy who doesn't seem beholden to a particular party, he seems to be open to ideas as opposed to kind of party loyalty, which is more like most americans are. >> i think that's what president obama is going for. look, he's a republican. i'll have a diverse cabinet
seriously think the obama administration because it has chuck hagel there is not committed -- >> it is not just republicans is what i am saying. chuck schumer has been very step i had in his support for him. >> because chuck schumer, on these types of middle east questions, is closer to lindsay graham and john mccain than he is to in many ways to barack obama. >> many senators, democrats and republicans, are further away than chuck hagel than many senators are. >> how many people agree with your point of view is not the test of that point of view's validity. it turns out in this case most people were wrong in very big ways about critical decisions that costs the u.s. this is what frustrates me when people say chuck hagel is out of the mainstream. the people in congress who had the good sense to oppose the iraq war and raise questions, and darn right, i actually want that in a secretary of defense. >> and to have a guy who doesn't seem beholden to a particular party, he seems to be open to ideas as opposed to kind of party loyalty, which is more like most americans are. >> i
these questions at an interesting time for the obama administration. >> reporter: the movie opens nationwide as john brennan prepares for confirmation hearings on capitol hill. >> john brennan is the first person to be nominated to be head of the cia who was at the agency at the time these kinds of technique were being used. >> reporter: it derailed his potential nomination for the same job four years ago. in 2008, human rights activists attacked brennan as a bush administration company man, in part because of what brennan said to cbs, that enhanced interrogation techniques produced valuable information. >> the agency has, in fact, used against the real hardcore terrorists. it has saved lives. >> reporter: now "zero dark thirty" is bringing that issue front and center before brennan's hearings. >> we will never find him. >> reporter: and ironically, it was the obama administration that backed the movie, giving filmmakers incredible access to top military and cia officials. >> you really believe this story? osama bin laden? >> repter: although filmmakers claim it was based on firsthand accoun
over. the obama administration floated the idea of removing american troops all together. president karzai met with secretary of state clinton last night over dinner. and joe biden plans to deliver recommendations from the gun control task force to the president on tuesday. yesterday, the vice president met with representatives on various sides of the issue. the former head of a movie industry group argued movies aren't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to what the administration had to put out there. the vice president did talk about some things floating to the top. not recommendations that come from him, but recommendations he said coming from all the various
administration official says, vice president joe biden will hold a series of meetings with stakeholders in the gun debate. president obama appointed biden to lead an effort to curb gun violence that was after the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> the president is facing a contentious battle over his two latest nominations for cabinet posts. he tapped former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. and anti-terrorism chief john brennan for cia director. controversy surrounds hagel because of opposition to troop surges in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet s
the hour right now. in the u.s. backing france's fight against terror in africa. the obama administration moved toward approving limited support for france's military campaign to fight terrorists in mali in on sunday preparing surveillance drones and other air intelligence equipment for possible deployment, but not troops. the president also announced the u.s. lent limited technical support to rescue an intelligent agent held hostage by an al qaeda linked group in somalia. that attempt was unsuccessful. >>> a dress rehearsal in washington as preparations for next week's presidential inauguration kick into high gear. stand-ins for president obama and vice president joe biden watch the presidential escort from the capital's east steps, including the u.s. army ban, the old guard drum core and honor guard members from each branch of the military in exactly one week hole dad -- we will be live on the national mall. i'm the one in the middle. our coverage begins at 5:00 a.m. eastern. >>> new this morning, big royal baby news. the duke and duchess of cambridge, their baby is due in july. that's
and complains about the extraordinary access the obama administration gave the filmmakers. >> my understanding is hollywood people got access to cia operatives, that they had access to navy saels which they should not have had. >> i want to make a movie about real people who sacrifice for their country when they do these missions were ground pd and realistic. will i ever come back, whiffle i die overseas? >> but it's not just the action and controversy. directors also like the personalliers in historical films. taking a character who is often larger than life and making them human. >> daniel day lewis, presents a very plausible lincoln. i recommend people see it and then read a book about lincoln. >> now it is surprising about these types of movies, is that in the history of the academy awards, only one politically themed movie ever won best picture. that was "all the king's men" at the 22nd academy awards. we'll find out if lincoln gets a chance with the second nomination. >> all right. thanks. krista smith joins us live from los angeles this morning. krista, do you think it makes it more lik
of defense, and the obama administration can, right now, put into place that we can be issued military i.d.s. we just can't be issued benefits where there is financial ties to it. so, you know, with a stroke of the pen, this military i.d. could be a nonissue. but back to, you know, your question, you know, the conversation with the group was can you access base, yes, i can, through my caregiver pass. and then initially it was the military i.d. according to their website, according to their facebook, at the time, it said nothing about a military i.d. all it mentioned was a spouse. you know, requirement of being a military spouse. >> so then what's the issue ultimately, you think? >> so, i mean, i believe -- i believe it is because i am in a same sex marriage and i try to, you know, ask the president and the board members to call me so we could discuss this, you know, farther. i never heard anybody. and then i went to, you know, basically the internet and wrote an open letter. and from there i heard from people all over the world, other gay and lesbian service members and their families, a
for the candidate -- for the cabinet but does he reflect the obama administration's stated core values? for me, i still have a lot of questions about that. >> i want to bring in stephen. i'm wondering this. don't gay members of the military have reason then to be concerned knowing that the gains made in diversity and equality in the military could perhaps come under the leadership of a man who saw things differently? >> well, i think heather's questions are legitimate and fair. and i think that that is exactly what senate foreign relations committee hearings like this are all about is to pose questions and get answers where that person is. that said, i don't want to make this about me, but i happen to have -- i am a gay american. i am involved in national security foreign policy issues and i worked in the united states senate for a democrat. but i've known hagel for years. it just so happened i wrote about a discussion i had had about the efforts which sometimes look dicey to repeal don't ask, don't tell two years ago with senator hagel and i wrote about it. before the current controversy, i wrot
the obama administration, "the price of politics." criticism from the speaker, speaker boehner, about jack lew as being uncompromising and being someone that he didn't find he could negotiate with and come to a deal with in these past discussions. so there's that, but i'll also tell you it reminds me talking about that that when jack lew was announced as chief of staff to replace bill daly that one of the things we heard was it was welcome news to democrats on the hill. they had felt that daly had not been terribly responsive even to them. and jack lew is someone that democrats were very happy to have here standing next to president obama as the chief of staff. so we're definitely hearing some folks who are very much in favor of jack lew taking this position as treasury secretary and ultimately i think is expected to be a confirmation process that is expected to go smoothly. >> let us know when we get that famous two-minute warning before the president and jack lew, tim geithner and company. gloria borger is here with me, kate bold uan is here. alevelsi velshi. the last time i almost is wh
risks for the obama administration, for the democrats in this gunfight. >> there are a lot of political risks. if gun control was easy, they would have done it a while ago. the assault weapons ban has not been renewed for eight years, wolf. it's been sitting out there. and i think in my conversations with administration officials, what they are going to come up with and that sort of echos what jim was saying, they are going to come up with what someone describes to me as a menu of options. the menu of options will include a ban on assault weapons and also include closing the gun show loophole, limiting purchases of the high-capacity magazines. so they are going to put those options out there he a there is attention inside the democratic party. do you make a huge push on assault weapons and hurt yourself on the other list or do you kind of ease up on assault weapons and maybe go after the magazine clips, which some people believe would be more effective. don't forget, there's a lot of history here and joe biden was the person managing the 1994 crime bill, which included the ban on assaul
administration officials that president obama plans to nominate chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. it's getting lukewarm reception from some of hagel's fellow republicans. they don't like some of his past statements on israel and iraq and afghanistan. here's ted cruz of texas. >> if hagel is nominated, it's very difficult to imagine the circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> it's not just cruz, lindsey graham says hagel's views on the middle east, especially towards israel, causes him a lot of concern. >> chuck hagel would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel. he was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. he has long severed his ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> last week th
on this administration. and president obama saying that we don't have a spending problem. we have a spending problem in this nation. we have a deficit spending problem. that's where we have to start getting it under control. this debate is not going away. >> we've heard all of the, bumper stickers, let me bring you balk to my example of february 15th. we have $52 billion in committed spending. there isn't a chest of money sitting around for all the extra stuff. i've got a list, interest, which is the one you're talking, about the biggest parks $30 billion. we're talking in nine. we have 30 in interest. you've said there are other ways to handle that. you've got tax refunds, 6.6 billion. federal salaries 3.5 billion. military pay, 2.7 billion. medicare, medicaid, 3.2 billion. defense vendors, which one are you cutting, sir? >> ali, you're taking a look at one day's -- >> i could pick any day. >> let's take a look at a year. in a year we'll get about 2.5 droin worth of tax revenue. last year we spent 3.5 trillion. if you actually utilized the social security trust fund to make the social security paym
the debt ceiling to impose that spending discipline on this administration. face it, president obama is saying we don't have a spending problem. we have a spending problem, this nation. we have a deficit spending problem. >> right. >> we should be doing this incrementally. this is this debate is not going away. >> we've heard both sides, bumper stickers. back to my example of february the 15th. we had $52 billion in committed spending, $9 billion in money we're taking in. by the way, there isn't a chest of money sitting around for the extra stuff. i have a list there. interest, the biggest part. $30 billion. taking in $9 billion, have $30 billion in interest. you say there are other ways to handle that. tax refunds, federal salaries, military pay, $2.7 billion, medicare and med cape $2.3 billion, defense vendors, $1.5 billion, other stuff $4.4 billion. which one are you cutting, sir? >> you're taking a look at one day's -- >> i could pick any day. >> let's take a look at the year. in a year we will get about $2.5 trillion wortth of tax revenue. last year we spent $3.5 trillion. if yo
-oh fast with kaopectate. >>> more now on the top story. president obama's nomination of former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. administration officials say the president will make it official in about two hours and our special coverage here on cnn will begin at 12:30 eastern time. as we mentioned, chuck hagel faced some sharp criticism from fellow republicans as well as democrats over what they say are his anti-israeli positions and also for being soft on iran. those are their accusations. rabbi ariah israeli -- i hope i pronoun pronounced that right. it's a tricky name. did i get your name right? >> almost. >> okay. all right. give me another shot at it. this is a tricky one. maybe you give it to me with the accurate pronunciation. >> it's ariah israel. >> that was easy. give me for your sense after knowing chuck hagel more than 20 years. visited your congregation. give me your personal perspectives on the senator. >> i'm looking forward to the nomination. i have known him, i met him actually a few months before he was elected as senator from the state of nebraska.
of diversity in the president's recent picks, for high-level administration posts. president obama chose a trusted insider to replace timothy geithner as treasury secretary. >> under president clinton, he presided over three budget surpluses in a row. so for all the talk out there about deficit reduction, making sure our books are balanced, this is the guy who did it. three times. >> reporter: jack lew, obama's chief of staff and former budget director has been by the president's side through bruising deficit reduction negotiations. but lew is not a darling of wall street or republicans. in bob woodward's "the price of politics," speaker john boehner says he told the president, "please don't send jack lew." during the fragile debt ceiling negotiations of 2011, "it was unbelievable," boehner said. "at one point, i told the president, keep him out of here. i don't need somebody who just knows how to say no." with the lew announcement, all of the president's top picks, state, defense, cia, and treasury are white men. at every briefing this week, reporters have peppered press secretary jay c
served two terms as a u.s. senator from nebraska and served as deputy administrator of the veterans administration. plus he's a republican nominated by a democrat, so it sounds pretty perfect, right? today, president obama told the nation why he loved chuck hagel. >> in the senate, i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. >> his willingness to speak his mind, no, is part of what's getting him in trouble with members of both parties. david frum is with us and also with us doug wilson, form pentagon senior spokesman for president obama. he has been criticized for using the term jewish lobby. he used it in a 2006 interview and here is what he said, quote, the political reality is that the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i have always argued against the dumb things they do because i don't think it is in the interest of israel. i just don't think it is smart for israel. some say chuck hagel owes an apology for that. after all, not all jews support what israel d
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